Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

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EXHIBITION: Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL, United States

The Orange County Regional History Center has organized a new special exhibition titled Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter "Figurehead" invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground" tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead

EXHIBITION: Following Fernando’s Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa’s “Invisible Immigrants”

Ybor City Museum State Park 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society is presenting a special exhibit on Spanish immigration that will be on display through November 2023. The exhibit is based on a semi-fictitious book by Tampa native, Tony Carreño, entitled Following Fernando's Footsteps: The Tale of Tampa's "Invisible Immigrants, which chronicles the life of a young immigrant from Asturias, Spain to Tampa via Havana, Cuba. Exhibit topics include the six phases of immigration beginning with

EXHIBITION: Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community

Key West Museum of Art & History 281 Front St, Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida

Key West Art & Historical Society will debut a new exhibition on January 13, 2023, that will explore the history and culture of the often-overlooked segment of the community - former and current residents of Bahama Village. In this exhibition, history and stories will be woven together through various events that shaped the Black and Indigenous cultures of Key West. In the early 1800s and 1900s, the Black and Indigenous

EXHIBITION: An Elegy to Rosewood

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, Florida

Following the end of the Civil War, the American South saw a rise in Jim Crow laws. In the town of Rosewood, Florida, these codes prevailed. In 1923, fifty years after the 13th Amendment was passed, racial tensions peaked with a later-dispelled rumor about an assault on a white woman, leading Ku Klux Klan members to track, assault, and kill Blacks in Rosewood. Known now as the Rosewood Massacre, news

English for Families at Miami-Dade Public Library System

South Dade Regional Library 10750 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay, Florida

The Miami-Dade Public Library System is hosting English for Families once a week for ten weeks from January 10 through March 14, 2023. The ten-week program includes interactive classes for parents and children that focus on developing English vocabulary and literary skills through strategic and fun story reading. Programming is designed to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading strategies needed

Joy and Pain: Black Music of the United States Global Praxis

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL, United States

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a talk with Don Harrell, founder and CEO of African Diasporic Arts and Education Inc. and UCF Professor of Africana Studies, in conjunction with the exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Harrell will talk

African and African-American Contributions to Culture: The African Roots of American Cuisine

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

In this presentation, Dr. Bireda examines the many contributions enslaved Africans and African Americans have made to American culture. Traditional culture retentions survived the Middle Passage and have influenced present-day American culture. This presentation provides surprising and previously untold facts about the impact of African and African American culture upon American culture as a whole. Registration and admission are not required to attend. Parking is available onsite. This program is

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Stirling Road Branch Library 3151 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, Florida

This presentation takes audiences on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler's building of the Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller.

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Virtual/Online

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird

Lynn Pippenger Hall 50-378 7th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

The Florida Studies program at the University of South Florida- St. Petersburg Campus hosts author Jack E. Davis to discuss his award-winning title The Bald Eagle. Americans love bald eagles. But that was not always true. By the end of the nineteenth century, bald eagles were nearly extinct even though the bird was embraced as a symbol of the country. The Bald Eagle is both a cautionary tale of humanity's

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Ms. Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. Registration and a

EXHIBITION: Life in Pinecraft: A Photographic Exhibition

New College of Florida - College Hall 351 College Dr., Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida's Humanities Division is hosting the photographic exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer" at College Hall at New College of Florida from March 1 through March 31. Katie Troyer is one of the most beloved personalities in the Pinecraft community. She grew up in an Amish family in Ohio and, after living in various Amish communities in the United States and Canada, she

Florida and Water: A Historical Perspective

Highlands Hammock State Park 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL, United States

This presentation chronicles Florida's long and difficult relationship with water. Dr. Steve Noll examines attempts to turn water into land and land into water throughout Florida's history, including contentious water-related issues like the potential restoration of the Everglades, the battle over the Ocklawaha River, the degradation of north Florida's iconic springs, and more. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the University of Florida's history department, where received his PhD

SOLD OUT! Tarpon Springs Gathering 2023

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks 735 Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Named after the fish that can be found in abundance off shore, Tarpon Springs is home to one of the largest Greek communities in the United States. The "Sponge Capital of the World" has been fundamentally influenced by water and possesses a rich Gulf Coast heritage. From March 3-4, 2023 join Florida Humanities as we travel to Tarpon Springs to soak up the fascinating history and culture of this waterfront

Coffee & Conversations: Dance Music in Central Florida

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL, United States

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a curator talk with Jeremy Hileman, History Center assistant curator, and longtime Orlando DJ and club owner John Gardner (Faith in Physics, Beach Club, Barbarella, Independent Bar) for a special tour of the latest exhibition, "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground." Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground

One Nation Under God: Religion’s Impact on the United States: Religious Freedom in America with Ken Wald, PhD

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida host Ken Wald, PhD, for a lecture on religious freedom in America as part of their series One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States. This lecture examines how the American founders created a system to guarantee religious freedom via the First Amendment clauses. Wald has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and

The Island Imprint: The Indelible Impact of the Caribbean Diaspora on America

Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, United States

Florida Southwestern State College hosts two lectures by Calibe Thompson and David Muir from the Island SPACE Caribbean Museum to discuss the long-standing ties between Florida and peoples from the Caribbean archipelago. Thompson discusses the history and impact of the Caribbean community in the United States. Muir presents a lecture on his book Pieces of Jamaica, a photo-art collection that celebrates his native island from an authentic viewpoint. A book

Why does Falstaff appeal to artists creating adaptations of Shakespeare’s work?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

The Palm Beach Opera hosts a panel discussion with Francesco Izzo and Susan Jones to explore the appeal and challenges of adapting Shakespeare's recurring character to an operatic idiom in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff in conjunction with their 2023 production. This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Palm Beach Opera. The library provides parking vouchers to cover the first two hours

Spike the Punch

IPC ArtSpace 225 NE 59th St, Miami, Florida

The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University presents Spike the Punch, a series of film screenings and discussions. This series, in collaboration with Iris PhotoCollective, celebrates the art and meanings of Spike Lee's early films Do the Right Thing (1989), She's Gotta Have It (1986), and Malcolm X (1992). Schedule of Events: Friday, March 10 6-8 PM: "Defiance: Past. Present. Future.": A discussion between Dr. Tameka Hobbs, AARLCC

History of Fishing in Ponce Inlet, Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The ninth lecture shares the history of fishing in Ponce Inlet. From the Timucuan Indians to the modern-day fleet and conservation efforts, Chad Macfie shares the stories and pictures from the families, fishermen, and locals who created the backbone of Ponce Inlet as it is known today. Chad Macfie started his career at the Florida Museum of

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